CERN takes first steps toward building giant particle accelerator

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CERN, the European laboratory for particle physics, has initiated the construction of a colossal new particle accelerator, which could outshine its existing Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

The new accelerator, known as the Future Circular Collider (FCC), is aimed at uncovering mysteries about the workings of the universe, the Times of Israel reported.

The FCC would be over three times the length of the LHC, which is already the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider.

The proposed tunnel for the FCC would measure 91 kilometers (56.5 miles) in length and have a diameter of about five meters (16 feet), running underneath France and Switzerland. CERN hopes to achieve great success with this new project.

According to CERN, the FCC’s objective is to advance the frontiers of particle colliders in terms of energy and intensity, with the ultimate aim of achieving collision energies of 100 tera electron volts in the pursuit of new discoveries in physics.

The tunnel, which is planned to be approximately 91 kilometers (56.5 miles) in length and about five meters (16 feet) in diameter, would run beneath the region of Geneva and Lake Geneva in Switzerland, and curve southward, passing near the scenic town of Annecy in France.

According to CERN engineer Antoine Mayoux, a total of eight technical and scientific sites are planned to be constructed on the surface, with seven of them located in France and one in Geneva.

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